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The Family Tree of the Naked Ape

THE NAKED APE: Exploring the science and cultural evolution of human psychology, behavior, cognition, language, memory, intelligence, emotion, and consciousness. (Uh, did I miss anything?)

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Welcome to THE NAKED APE

Those who’ve know me for some time know that I have a moderately strong interest in human consciousness and psychology. Although mind and body cannot exist without one another – and indeed they shape one another – it does seem that the very core of the human experience of ‘self’ exists in the brain alone.

We all know that much of the functioning and maintenance of our body is controlled covertly by the brain or by biological systems that work beneath our threshold of awareness. We do not consciously decide to sweat, or digest our food, or replace our cells.

And yet, in spite of the fact that we know this, we still cling to the illusion that the functioning of our thoughts, our decisions, our perceptions, our preferences, our memories, and our reasoning are under our direct, conscious control.

But neuroscience and psychology are now showing us that this simply is not the case—that the processes of mind and awareness function just as covertly as our biological systems.

That fascinates me!

How is it that the mind – that place of concealment – is also the one place in which awareness itself is known to exist?

The truth is that we don’t know ourselves as well as we’d like to believe. We don’t control our decisions, our perceptions, our motivations, or our memories as well as we think we do.

THE NAKED APE was created to explore these important topics. I welcome any post on human psychology, behavior, cognition, perception, language, memory, intelligence, emotion, and consciousness.

 

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Our Orgastic Future

Started by Doone. Last reply by Neal Jun 18, 2013. 3 Replies

E.O. Wilson: Tribalism, Groupism, Globalism

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Gestalt psychology

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On the usefulness of illusions

Started by Michel. Last reply by Chris May 6, 2013. 1 Reply

How Whites Think About Race

Started by Neal. Last reply by Adriana Mar 20, 2013. 13 Replies

How to scare someone who knows no fear

Started by Adriana. Last reply by Adriana Feb 6, 2013. 6 Replies

10 Amazing Things People's Brains Have Done

Started by Michel. Last reply by Marianne Jan 19, 2013. 2 Replies

Paul Bloom: The Psychology of Everything

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Comment by Stephen on October 13, 2017 at 10:36am

The truth about Easter Island: a sustainable society has been falsely blamed for its own demise 

Few places on earth are as well known for their so-called mysteries as Easter Island, also known as Rapa Nui. For a tiny island of 64 square miles, with its nearest neighbours some 1,300 miles away, it has seen more than its fair share of controversy.

For a long while it wasn’t clear whether the island’s native population originated in Polynesia or South America. And how can we explain its apparent paradox: the design, construction and transport of giant “moai” stone statues, a remarkable cultural achievement yet one carried out on a virtually barren island, which seemingly lacked both the resources and people to carry out such a feat?

Anthropologists have long wondered whether these seemingly simple inhabitants really had the capacity for such cultural complexity. Or was a more advanced population, perhaps from the Americas, actually responsible – one that subsequently wiped out all the natural resources the island once had?

Read more= https://theconversation.com/the-truth-about-easter-island-a-sustain...

Comment by Doone on October 13, 2017 at 5:40am

La Ferrassie 1 Neanderthal - With cranial capacity of 1641 cm3, it is second largest hominin skull ever discovered (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

The Brains of our Family Tree - brain volume wise

Comment by Doone on October 11, 2017 at 9:34am

Fascinating and fantastically written review of James Scott's new book on the origins of the modern state & society.

https://t.co/9wFlvWDKLL

Comment by Doone on October 7, 2017 at 3:42pm
Comment by Mrs.B on October 7, 2017 at 3:08pm

AHA, so my arthritis is their fault!

Comment by Stephen on October 7, 2017 at 12:42pm

Doone that's truly like going through a time machine.

Comment by Doone on October 7, 2017 at 9:50am

As much as 2.6% of your DNA is from Neanderthals. But what does it do?

Comment by Doone on October 6, 2017 at 8:32pm

he oldest known musical instrument. A flute from Hohle Fels created from the wing bone of a Griffon vulture >35,000 years ago

Comment by Mrs.B on October 5, 2017 at 3:02pm

I think I saw those in a book I read a long while ago.

Comment by Doone on October 5, 2017 at 11:25am

This cave hyena (Crocuta crocuta spelaea) and leopard in the Red Panels Gallery at Chauvet Cave were painted 32,000 years ago

 
 
 

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